077 :: Cat In A Box

Had quite a sociable week last week. Spent one afternoon hanging out with my cousin and his wife in their place in Stoke Newington. Josh and I played a game of games workshops shadespire.

I played as Gloomspite Gitz the Night Goblins (All hail the Bad Moon). The game is quite fun. I really enjoyed playing my first game of it. The goblins had more complicated rules so it was a little slow going learning it. I think if I played as them again I’d do a bit better tactics wise.

Hung out with a few friends on Friday. They brought their Shiba to the pub. He’s a good boy but also a menace.

Maddox the menace.

The weekend was the Surbiton festival in the square outside my house. So 10 steps over the road all weekend was Beer, good vegan burgers etc. Its nice that after a decade or so Surbiton is forging a community via yearly events.

Permanently Moved – Never Tried To Put A Cat In A Box

“Mr Schrodinger I thought, had obviously never tried to put a Cat into a box before.”

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Dipping the Stacks

Good vibrations: I purified myself in a sound bath | The Outline

Locations Can Be Characters Too : Women Writers, Women’s Books

Whence comes nihilism, the uncanniest of all guests? | Aeon Ideas

What Happened After My 13-Year-Old Son Joined the Alt-Right

The Ministry

Still moving forward with the first draft of the book. Though i’m finding it difficult to hit the world count. Im not in a nanowrimo kind of mood with the sun shining outside. Instead i’ve reduced my daily target but also re-opened some old projects and i’m grinding them at 300 words a day. So making progress on multiple fronts.

I’m also happy to announce i’ll be speaking in The Hague at @Border_Sessions in early June. My talk is titled // Solarpunk And The Great Unfolding: Building Keystones Of Continuity

Reading

I’ve started re-reading ‘What is a dog’ by Lorna Coppinger and Raymond Coppinger

And Kenneth Olwig’s  new book also arrived which I’m excited to dig into.

Music

Holly’s new album is out and I’ve had it on repeat since it dropped on Friday. Also the new Tim Hecker album.

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073 :: blah blah blah one take wonder.

Last week was super busy, not with work but personal stuff. We drove down to Dorset to attend a wedding and stay in an airbnb. Our little fiat 500 was packed to the gunnels: 3 suits, 1 dress, backpacks, food, booze, and 4 fully grown adults. It was quite a drive on the way down but we made it in on piece.

Deep Country

It was a lovely wedding and the miserable rain and wind from the day before cleared and they were blessed with glorious sunshine. It was the first wedding that our friendship group have attended with all the kids. there were a lot of em running around. It was cool.

On the way home we stopped off in the New Forest and saw the ponies

Permanently Moved

S02E05

Update on a few things going on in my life, A film recommendation and a comment on Dune. Total SNAFU’d when recording of this episode but never mind!  
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It’s funny. I massively fucked up this episode. I spoke way to fast. Ironically enough at the wedding I had a long conversation with a friend who works In local radio in Bristol about how i need to improve my ‘tracking’. Becuse the whole conceit is to write and record and edit in one hour i really don’t get that may takes (three at most for a sentence really) so i need to imporve my natural sounding speech when recording, I’m hoping this will come, as it will make and future forays in podcasting easier an more professional – blah blah blah one take wonder.

Dipping the Stacks

Black metal has a real Nazi problem | The Outline

Apoliteic music: Neo-Folk, Martial Industrial and ‘metapolitical fascism’ – A Blaze Ansuz: Antifascist Neofolk

Amazon Prime’s astrology “shopping horoscopes” are not amusing to real astrologers.

Traders Are Paying Close Attention As Farmers Live Stream – Bloomberg

The Ministry

I’ve begun work on a creative project that to be trendy I should probably give some code word to.

I’m also happy to announce ill be speaking at Sonar+D in Barcelona in July

Reading

I’m still reading Wounded By Love before bedtime. And I also burned thought the Warhammer 30k Garro Series in the Horus Heresy.
I’m just about to start reading Wilding by Isabella Tree. Its the story of the Knepp Estate (see video below)

Music

Wimbledon Championship Tennis Sega Mega Drive Genesis Complete Soundtrack OST

Im totally in it for the slap bass.

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026 :: Every mile is two in winter

“Good words are worth much, and cost little.”  ― George Herbert

Narrative

I think I’m going to move my post day to Saturday. Fridays is getting busier as the day I have to go in to London. It’s also the reason I’ve spent most of today hung over. I’ve spent the week grazing on the poetry of George Herbert. Its been nice.

So GameSpot Universe said ‘Altered Carbon Is Sci-Fi’s Game Of Thrones Moment”. If they mean high production values with sweeping changes to the source material then ok. But the source material changes did made for a better TV show at the end of the day, and I did really like the whole show though. The concerns I had were addressed well (I think) – but I’m willing to be convinced otherwise. Im hoping another series gets green lit, the next book is Indiana Jones in space, there is a lot that could be done with that.

Two further thoughts:

1. I thought the show missed an opportunity with its soundtrack, Vangelis defined the sound of the future with the Blade Runner. They could have looked to ITAL TEK or NKISI or a similar artist and blown everyone away

2. There are lots more strong women in the TV show vs the novel and this was an extremely good change for the better.

3. Bonus third thought: The sex scenes were actually ‘sexy’ unlike in the novel.

I have actually spent a lot of my week AFK I feel much better for it. Not sure I have all that much to say this week.

Dipping the stacks

  • Quote tweets are just disingenuity all the way down
  • The art world is producing a new genre of discourse; the fractal rant
  • Snowflakes are composed of fractals – Coincidence?????
  • The Masons?
  • Team follow back is the most annoying new twitter tribe

The Ministry

This week I had another late Sunday night call working on a codenamed project – which is moving along at a very fast pace. I think there’ll be trip to Berlin on the cards soon as a result. I met my accountant on Wednesday and ended up following up on a lot of his advice immediately which pushed a lot of my planned self directed work out the window into next week unfortunately. For good reason – but I never thought good news would be so stressful on the day to day. It’s a weird life/world, learning a lot though.

Had a three hour meeting on the subject of how organisations actually work which part way devolved into a huge mutual rant about Blockchain Men & 21 year olds who think they can re-invent the way organisations work with story points and Kanban boards. Just awful stuff. I Can’t talk about it much more but I think the research project should have some cool outcomes, in the mean time i think the first proper workday/brain storming session will be in an Airbnb somewhere super sick in London.

Had a call with the good Tim Hwang about the Awesome Foundation, the call was brief but very interesting. Im hoping to catch up with him whilst he is in the UK.

The Organisation I’m coaching are making lots of progress on their internal processes its really nice to see.

Lastly I have seen A LOT of my old colleagues from the company that broke me last year. Its super weird that almost no one works there anymore they went though a lot after I left thats for sure. Speaking to / seeing them is a bit like a big group therapy session.

Reading

I read Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis  by George Monbiot this week.

In the spirt of polyphony, I’ve ceased to bother quibbling about things within/on topics that I’m largely in agreement with. Its a good book, I’ve recommended it to the young solarpunks in the discord group.

I’ve just started reading Jordan Peterson’s 12 rules for life an antidote to chaos. Too early to report back just yet. But I already suspect his popularity is simply due to the amount of people who need therapy in our society.

Music

French Pop Goddess Mai Lan released her newest album last month “Autopilote’ and I just got round to listening to it. Most people only really know Yelle when it comes to French Pop but Pop Up will be 10 years old this year so might be time for a new touch stone.

The lead single Vampire came out over a year ago but it captures the feel of the whole album perfectly. Think it’ll be on rotation this spring as the sun wakes up.

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